After ignoring his partymen’s frantic missives
About impending trouble in the areas on July 7, Gogoi also disregarded home ministry warnings.
tinue, we may see Ajmal in the chief minister’s chair.” Ajmal counters, “I’m an Indian citizen. Is it wrong if my party wins votes in elections? Is it wrong to be a Muslim in Assam?” normalcy. Crime rates have doubled over a decade, topped recently by the molestation case in Guwahati. “Gogoi is no longer in control,” asserts former chief minister and Asom Gana Parishad chief Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.
Though BJP is demanding his resignation, the Congress high command is unlikely to act in haste as there is no immediate replacement for the Chief Minister in the state. Insisting that “no decision will be taken in haste”, insiders, however, reveal that Gogoi is unlikely to be entrusted with Rahul Gandhi’s prime ministerial campaign in 2014. Aware of this dilemma of 10 Janpath, Gogoi has literally challenged the authority of Sonia Gandhi. On August 1, when reporters asked him if he was under any pressure to quit, he said: “I will decide the next course. Delhi can’t decide on my fate.” Convinced of his father’s ‘ invincibility’, Gaurav tweeted on July 26: “Perhaps he is the last regional satrap in the Congress and that’s why he can’t be touched.”
Oblivious to the indignant blame games in state capital Dispur, sevenyear- old Suniya clutches her mother Abida at a ward in the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, frightened and barely able to speak. “It pains… a lot,” she manages, pointing to the gunshot wound on her thigh. Suniya was shot by suspected BLT militants outside her home in Bennabari, a village of 95 Muslim families in Baksa district. She hasn’t walked since that fateful day. And no, Tarun Gogoi has not dropped by to see her.
PRIME MINISTER MANMOHAN SINGH ATARELIEF CAMP IN BHOTGAON VILLAGE, KOKRAJHAR